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Bulls have no interest in Derrick Rose

23 July 2017

News surfaced Thursday of Derrick Rose in serious talks about joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Overall, he missed 17 games with the Knicks, including his infamous AWOL game against New Orleans in January.

Rose met with several teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, according to ESPN, but he has recently picked up steam in discussion with the Cavaliers. He played 64 games last season for the Knicks, averaging 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game.

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What makes this twist even more notable is that Rose is actually coming off his best season statistically since 2011-12. That is what the Cleveland Cavaliers would be like if Derrick Rose ended up in Northeast Ohio.

If Rose comes off the bench for Cleveland, he could be the legitimate backup point guard the Cavs thought they were getting in Deron Williams this year.

Derrick Rose's market value has been stuck in a downward spiral since his knee injury in 2012.

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Rose's departure felt like a weight being lifted after years of his various injury cycles and freakish and confusing statements nearly every time a microphone was in front of him.

Rose last played for the Bulls in 2015-16, when he averaged 16.4 points per game. Rose should not be a starter on legitimate title contender and would not be a featured part of the offense, though Windhorst reports the Cavs want to play him with Kyrie Irving in the backcourt.

Staying with the Knicks gives Rose one more season to salvage his career and boost his value to other teams.

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The Lakers can offer more money, more playing time and his offseason home long has been based in Los Angeles. The 28-year old has seen his career shift from a narrative of one of the NBA's best young players to a story of what could have been.